Worries an Environment Court decision allowing a family to
build on a flood-prone section at Karitane could set a legal
precedent has most Otago regional councillors urging the
organisation to not let the matter drop.
In April 2006, local authorities and emergency services
swung into action to help the occupants of dozens of homes
flooded on the Taieri Plain. Questions were asked about why
houses had been built in a flood zone.
An Otago Regional Council
attempt to stop a Karitane couple from building a home in a
flood-prone area has failed, with the Environment Court
saying there comes a point where a consent authority should
not be "paternalistic".